How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross?

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The verdict: The Toyota Corolla Cross joined the automaker’s lineup for 2022 and occupies the tiny spot between the compact RAV4 SUV and subcompact C-HR. Unlike the latter, the Corolla Cross is available with all-wheel drive, which widens its appeal. How it handles car seats, however, is another story. A lack of rear legroom was a big problem in our Car Seat Check.

Does it fit three car seats? No.  

Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross.

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A Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower anchors are exposed under hard plastic covers. They’re easy to find and use. Three top tether anchors are clearly marked halfway down seatback. They’re buried into the seatback carpet, so they require a bit of digging to access them.

B Grade

  • Forward-facing convertible: The forward-facing convertible was easy to install via the lower anchors, and after removing the head restraint, it fit flush against the seatback. The outboard head restraints are removable, but the middle one is fixed. Connecting to the top tether anchor requires a bit of digging to expose the seatback anchor.
  • Booster: After removing the head restraint, the booster fit well. The buckles are on stable but short stalks, however, which will make them difficult for small kids to grasp and use independently.

C Grade

  • None

D Grade

  • Infant seat: Installing the seat via Latch was easy, but legroom was a problem. We had to move the front passenger seat very far forward to accommodate the infant seat. The 5-foot 6-inch front passenger had to sit with her knees against the glove box.
  • Rear-facing convertible: As with the infant seat, the convertible was easy to install in rear-facing mode, but the front passenger was very uncomfortable with the seat installed behind.

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.

B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing the third row when available.

C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access the third row when available.

D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Chicco KeyFit 30 infant-safety seat, a Graco Contender 65 convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

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